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Masterful performance by 91-year-old

WINNERS: 91-year-old Jack Kerry (second row) and his Norths cricket team after they won their division at the Lismore Workers Masters Games.
WINNERS: 91-year-old Jack Kerry (second row) and his Norths cricket team after they won their division at the Lismore Workers Masters Games. Mitchell Craig

A BLACK eye and bruised cheekbone after he was hit in the face with a cricket ball could not stop 91-year-old Jack Kerry from finishing the Lismore Workers Club Masters Games.

Kerry was by far the oldest competitor at the 10th Masters Games and looked like he had been in a boxing match with Mike Tyson by the time the D-grade final rolled around yesterday.

He was hit in the face Saturday while batting in one of the games when a full toss delivery collected him square on the cheekbone.

However, nothing was going to stop him from collecting a winning medal with his Norths cricket team after they beat the Koori Males with one ball to spare in the final.

"I'm starting to lose more blood on the cricket field than I did on the football field,” Kerry said.

"The bowler nearly broke my ribs on the first couple he bowled and then he threw in another surprise.

"I told him we'll put the camera on him today because he had a suspect (bowling) action.

"I didn't end up going on in the final but I was here and could have gone on if I had to.

"This is a weekend that unites everyone and I try to make people laugh and enjoy themselves.

"I was born in North Lismore and I've enjoyed Norths cricket all my life.”

Norths have played in the Master Games since its inception while Warwick won the A-grade final.

Captain and club president Dave Parker played in the side and was proud of Kerry and the rest of the team's efforts.

Kerry lives in a nursing home in Goonellabah and continues to surprise his teammates.

"We had him out in the bowling nets and he looked to be going better than he did four years ago,” Parker said

"Jack copped a big one but he survived and still enjoys being out there.

"It was a full toss that he never saw coming unfortunately.

"A bloke that doesn't normally bowl did the delivery and it just slipped out of his hand by accident which happens.

"We're one of the older teams in the competition with our youngest 41 and our oldest 91 so there is a big gap.

"Some of us played in the first Masters Games and we've gone on from there.

"There was a few aches and pains and I'm sure the boys had a couple of big nights too.

"We had president, vice president and club secretary all playing in this team and that doesn't happen every year.